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Oil and Gas Commission upholds decision to revoke D&L Energy permits
D&L Energy's former owner is still facing federal charges after tens of thousands of gallons of brine ended up in the Mahoning River
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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A state agency is upholding an order revoking the operating permit of a businessman accused of illegally dumping fracking wastewater into a storm sewer. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has more.

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The 26-page decision from the Oil and Gas Commission says the state’s oil and gas division chief had the authority to revoke the permits for D&L Energy, which operates injection wells and fracking wastewater hauling equipment in Youngstown.

Lawyers for its former owner, Ben Lupo, maintained the chief overstepped his authority and  said that D&L shouldn’t be penalized for the dumping of the brine into a sewer because that was done by an employee of another of Lupo’s companies – a company that was contracted to dispose of the brine by D&L Energy.

The decision effectively shuts down D&L Energy’s six operating wells and three more wells Lupo had applied for. D&L’s lawyer has recommended the company appeal to another court in Franklin County.

Meanwhile, Lupo still faces federal criminal charges for allegedly ordering the employee to dump the wastewater into the sewer.

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